1997 Baltimore Ravens Season
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1997 Baltimore Ravens Season
1997 Baltimore Ravens season
Head coachTed Marchibroda
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Results
Record6-9-1
Division place5th AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Jonathan Ogden
LB Ray Lewis

The 1997 season was the Baltimore Ravens' second season in the National Football League (NFL) and second under coach Ted Marchibroda. While Baltimore failed to finish above 5th in the AFC Central, they improved from 4-12 in 1996 to 6-9-1.

The Ravens updated their uniforms with a new style of numbers featuring a shadow in the back; this lettering is still used as of 2020. White pants were introduced for use with home jerseys, while the black pants continued to be worn on the road.

This was the final NFL season played in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1997 Baltimore Ravens draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Peter Boulware *  Linebacker Florida State
2 34 Jamie Sharper  Linebacker Virginia
2 58 Kim Herring  Safety Penn State
3 64 Jay Graham  Running back Tennessee
4 118 Tyrus McCloud  Linebacker Louisville
5 134 Jeff Mitchell  Center Florida
6 167 Steve Lee  Running back Indiana
6 194 Cornell Brown  Linebacker Virginia Tech
7 205 Chris Ward  Defensive end Kentucky
7 234 Wally Richardson  Quarterback Penn State
7 236 Ralph Staten  Defensive back Alabama
7 238 Leland Taylor  Defensive tackle Louisville
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Undrafted free agents

1997 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Mike Flynn Center Maine
Priest Holmes Running back Texas

Staff

Roster

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Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 August 2 New York Giants L 20-21 0-1
2 August 8 at New York Jets L 29-39 0-2
3 August 16 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13-24 0-3
4 August 22 Buffalo Bills L 28-31 0-4

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 August 31 Jacksonville Jaguars L 27-28 0-1
61,018
2 September 7 Cincinnati Bengals W 23-10 1-1
52,968
3 September 14 at New York Giants W 24-23 2-1
69,768
4 September 21 at Tennessee Oilers W 36-10 3-1
17,737
5 September 28 at San Diego Chargers L 17-21 3-2
54,094
6 October 5 Pittsburgh Steelers L 34-42 3-3
64,421
7 Bye
8 October 19 Miami Dolphins L 13-24 3-4
64,354
9 October 26 at Washington Redskins W 20-17 4-4
75,067
10 November 2 at New York Jets L 16-19 (OT) 4-5
59,524
11 November 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 0-37 4-6
56,669
12 November 16 Philadelphia Eagles T 10-10 (OT) 4-6-1
63,546
13 November 23 Arizona Cardinals L 13-16 4-7-1
53,976
14 November 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27-29 4-8-1
63,712
15 December 7 Seattle Seahawks W 31-24 5-8-1
54,395
16 December 14 Tennessee Oilers W 21-19 6-8-1
60,558
17 December 21 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14-16 6-9-1
50,917

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 372 307 L1
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 394 318 W2
Tennessee Oilers 8 8 0 .500 333 310 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 355 405 W3
Baltimore Ravens 6 9 1 .406 326 345 L1

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References

  1. ^ "1997 Baltimore Ravens draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "1997 Baltimore Ravens starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ 1997 Baltimore Ravens schedule and results
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 291

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